More than $1 million in grant money is being distributed for a program that helps to improve water quality in navigable waterways within Connecticut. A recreational marine sewage pumpout boat that operates on Candlewood Lake is among 44 in the state receiving some of the funding from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Clean Vessel Act grants coordinator Kate Hughes Brown says most of the facilities are on Long Island Sound. The program mostly involves land-based and boat sewage disposal facilities, known as pumpouts. The facility on Candlewood is a mobile vessel.
During the 2014 boating season, pumpout facilities removed a record level of 995,000 gallons of recreational marine sewage from vessels.